Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip
Hello sweet friend! How was your weekend? Ours was busy! I still can’t get over how fast time is flying these days! We are already planning for summer vacations and summer camps… it’s going to be a fantastic summer (plus this year I’m home with all three kiddos, I’m really looking forward to it)!
I have so many ideas and plans for the summer, and I want the kids to get involved in planning a great couple of months home together, so I am in the process of getting our Summer Planner together (more on that coming soon!!).
Summer also means another thing: summer get togethers! Who’s with me? Pool parties, bonfires, dinners out and at home… after a winter of hibernating it just seems that everyone is itching to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. I love having people over and making lots of food to enjoy, but seeing as I want to try and make healthy choices (since it’s so easy to over indulge in all of the snack food), I thought I would share with you an amazing dip that is always a huge hit around here.
I lightened up this Buffalo Chicken Dip by using calorie-wise dressing, and light cream cheese. The hot sauce, and the mozzarella cheese are still a huge part of this, and although the dip is lighter, the flavours definitely aren’t!
Quick tip: Pre-cook 3-4 chicken breasts in your slow cooker at the beginning of the week with just a little salt and pepper. Cook on low 4-6 hours. When they’re done, shred with two forks, let cool and throw into a zip bag in your fridge. That way you have delicious lean chicken ready for salads, throw in casseroles or to add to this delicious dip!
Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip
- 1 brick Light Cream Cheese softened
- 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded
- 3/4 cup Buffalo Hot Sauce (like Frank's)
- 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing reduced calorie
- 1/2 cup Parmesean Cheese shredded
- 2 cups Cooked Chicken shredded
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a food processor add the cream cheese, ranch dip, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and hot sauce. Pulse until well combined.
- Stir in the shredded chicken. Pour into an oven safe dish, and top with remains cheese.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling. Serve hot with your favourite crudités or crackers.
Also, to help stay on track, I serve this with a mixture of both whole wheat crackers and cut up carrot & celery sticks. If you do decide to cut up vegetables for this, I suggest you use something that’s sturdy and can scoop dip.
What is your favourite potluck dish to bring? How about a go to snack? Make this once, and I promise you will have guests knocking at your door or inviting you to the next BBQ because of this dip.
Buffalo chicken dip is always a staple at the parties I go to because it is everyone’s favorite!!! Of course, I always eat too much of it and it doesn’t help my waistline:( So thank you for a great recipe that will allow me to eat more and not feel guilty about it!!
I love this lightened up version! Looks delicious! xo, Catherine
This looks so flavourful and I bet it would be a hit. Bonus that it is a lighter version, too!
I love buffalo chicken flavors, and this dip looks so delicious – love that’s it lightened up a bit too!
What a great looking and sounding dip. This would not last at my house. Yum!
During the summer lighter is better and this dip is one to try out. Thanks for sharing!!!
Love that you lightened up this classic!
We’re heading into winter over here but book-marking this now for when summer returns! Sounds delicious and nice to know it’s a bit lighter in calories (but not in flavour!). Thanks for sharing. 🙂
One of my favorite dips ever!! Love how you lightened it up.
Now I feel a little bad that I’ve been making this recipe all this time without knowing how to lighten it up! We were eating the Kraft magazine version and feeling fourteen pounds heavier afterward. Haha! I’ll definitely do it your way next time. Thank you so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!
Warm days for me needs to have dips and cocktails!! Your dip looks delicious!
Sounds great… What is Franks Hot Sauce, it is not something available on this side of the Atlantic and using 3/4 of a cup of what I think is hot sauce would make something scary hot 😮 😀
Do you have a buffalo wing sauce of some sort?
This could be a one-pot meal!
The dip looks so flavorful and mouth watering. Perfectly made 🙂 Especially love it in the last snap where you have scooped it onto a chip 🙂
We love to make this dip. It is a big favorite with company.
Mmm, buffalo chicken dip is a favorite of mine. And who doesn’t love a lighter version!? Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday last week.
Hello! My hips and thighs will thank you for this recipe. Your buffalo chicken dip looks so good. Glad it’s a lighter version .. does that mean I can eat more? I think it does, lol! Have a lovely week, Kim.
I would say yes… You can eat more… Because that’s how I justify it to myself 😉
Oh, yum! That looks like a really tempting dip – good thing it’s light.
Buffalo dip is always a winner for any occasion!
My family loves buffalo dip at parties! It;s a classic we have all the time!
This looks absolutely amazing. Nothing beats buffalo dip.
This stuff should be called Houdini Dip, because it disappears whenever it is put out at parties! :o) And this lighter version makes me feel a teensy bit better about gobbling it up!
I love light recipes! Just in time for game day!
This lightened up version sounds and looks so good! My husband would love this since he is a big fan of hot sauce and anything spicy!
Game Day’s are upon us and dips work great – especially ones with lee calories and fats. Thanks for the recipe.
When I made the lighter version and the regular my husband couldn’t tell the difference, and I think that’s the trick! Because let’s be honest, game day foods are good – but not always good for you. So any way I can lighten it up helps! I serve this with carrot & celery sticks as well as crackers so I can veer towards a little healthier snack as well 😉
Great dip for outdoor, it is a complete meal by itself. Unfortunately I wouldn’t find these ingredients in Europe.
I can see this being a big hit at all parties!